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John Fairfield
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Bill Jackson
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Elizabeth
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Lilah
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John, a white man raised by his uncle, a slaveowner and Billy, a black child born into slavery grew up together and became BFF after Bill was sold away from his mother when he was 8. They made it their mission to free slaves by helping them to escape to the North and many to Canada long before the Underground Railroad. They risked their lives to do a few times and still continued to do so. Written by Suzanne Thomas

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8 February 1987 (USA)  »

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The most touching romantic docudrama.
5 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Seeing this film made me go to the library to read Coffin's autobiography. It is sad that heroes like John Fairfield have been largely denied to history by narrow-minded gatekeepers who felt that some love ought not be allowed to speak its own name. Some of that is changing, albeit far too slowly. Even here, with Disney funding, some OGHP (offensive gratuitous heterosexist propaganda) had to be inserted. However, this is my favourite film. Larry B. Scott and Robert Caradine are perfectly cast. The dedication line in the end credits (with dates of birth and death) is quite telling. We look forward to a time when such flying under the radar need no longer be necessary.


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